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Key Communicator Newsletter - 1.26.16

Key Communicator-January 26, 2016

Rhonda Burrage Named 2016 Milken Educator Award Winner

Rhonda Burrage, Magnolia Middle School math teacher, was surprised during a special assembly last week and named a 2016 Milken Educator Award winner. The prestigious award also comes with $25,000!

Ms. Burrage is the only Milken Award winner in Mississippi this year, and she is also the 2015-16 MPSD Teacher of the Year!

To read more about Ms. Burrage and this incredible honor, click here.

MPSD is so proud of Ms. Burrage! Way to go!

MHS Students to Host Journalism Camp

The staff of the Meridian High School newspaper, The Wildcat, will be hosting a journalism camp for children between the ages of 9 and 12 on January 30th at the R.D. Harris Building from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Children will be able to pick two of three classes offered during the program. The classes include Sports Profiling, Photo Editing, and Digital Photography. Each child will learn the basics of photography during the camp.

The cost of camp will be $25 which includes a certificate, snack, press badge, attendance, and t-shirt.

Click here for the Journalism Camp application.

January Teachers of the Month – Stacey Miller & Terkita Kennedy

Congratulations to Stacey Miller, Meridian High School, and Terkita Kennedy, Ross Collins Career and Technical Center, who were honored last Friday with a surprise classroom visit, flowers, and $25 gift card.

Meridian High – Stacey Miller
Mrs. Miller teaches Science at Meridian High School where she builds a great rapport with her students. Her delivery of instruction is very engaging allowing the students to make connections from the classroom to real life applications. Mrs. Miller is a team player and helps others by leading professional development sessions on classroom management.

Ross Collins – Terkita Kennedy
Ms. Kennedy teaches Health Science at Ross Collins. Ms. Kennedy’s top priority is the needs of her students, and she has a gift of reaching students at their level and moving them forward. She is extremely supportive of her colleagues by giving of her time and support as needed, and she leads the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Club.

Mayor Percy Bland, Meridian Parks and Recreation Director Kelvin McGruder, and local businesses, Cartoons and Balloons and Nino's Daycare, will be recognizing an outstanding teacher or staff member from two MPSD schools a month during the 2015-16 school year.

Congratulations to Mrs. Miller and Ms. Kennedy! We are very proud of you!

MPSD Students Take Top Honors in MCC’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest

Each year, Meridian Community College holds an essay contest for students in our area in conjunction with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration. This year's contest was entitled "Breaking Barriers: The Movement Continues."

MPSD is pleased to announce that seven out of the nine winners were from our District! First place winners Dorrian Stringfellow and Nasha Hood presented their essays during the Celebration.

Congratulations to:

Ninth Grade –
First Place - Dorrian Stringfellow, Meridian High School
Second Place – Zion Roberts, Meridian High School
Third Place – James Prewitt, Meridian High School

Eighth Grade –
First Place – Nasha Hood, Magnolia Middle School
Second Place - Serenity Holloman, Magnolia Middle School
Third Place – Keyshae Moody, Magnolia Middle School 

Seventh Grade –
Second Place – Kayiana Jasper, Northwest Middle School

2016 District Reading Fair Winners

The Meridian Public School District hosted the District Reading Fair on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Reading Fair winners from each school came together to compete to move on to the Regional Reading Fair which will be held in Jackson, MS in February.

Congratulations to the following first place winners that will be moving on to the Regional Reading Fair:

Division A - Mitchell Pigford, Poplar Springs Elementary School

Division B - Gibson Hasselle, Poplar Springs Elementary School

Division C - Sellers Breaux, Poplar Springs Elementary School

Division D - Caroline Fruge, Poplar Springs Elementary School

Division E - Kevin Johnson, Oakland Heights Elementary School

Division F - Eric Franklin, Northwest Middle School

Division G - Chase Smith, Meridian High School

Division H - Shacobe Rush, Crestwood Elementary School

Division I - Valerie Larkin, Northwest Middle School

Division K - Syndey and Brody Day, Poplar Springs Elementary School

Division L - Mia and Jeremiah Kelly, Crestwood Elementary School

Division M - Jayda Jones, Jordan Jones, and Brandarius Boler, Magnolia Middle School

Division N - Catelyn Alford and Monica Alford, Meridian High School

MPSD “Biggest Loser” Competition Winners

MPSD recently held an employee wellness competition entitled the “Biggest Loser.” Congratulations to first place winner Narkeeta Wesley, T.J. Harris Lower, and second place winner Alicia Bamber, Marion Park! Great job to all who participated! Special thanks to the MPSD Employee Wellness Committee for putting this competition together.

Meridian Council for the Arts Awards Community Arts Grants 

Congratulations to Meridian High School and Poplar Springs Elementary School for earning Community Arts Grants from the Meridian Council for the Arts!

Meridian High School Band Selected to March in Governor Bryant’s Inaugural Parade 

Meridian High School’s “Greatest Band in All the Land” was the only band selected to march in Governor Phil Bryant’s Inaugural Parade earlier this month. Way to go MHS!

MPSD Pre-Kindergarten Registration  

Registration for pre-kindergarten for the upcoming school year will take place from February 1 to March 11, 2016. If you have a child who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2016, please contact the Federal Programs Office at 601.484.4960.

Come Visit Us!
We have tons of opportunities for you to be involved in our schools, so mark your calendars!

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School PBIS and Awards Night
Tuesday, January 26 – 5:00 p.m. 

Poplar Springs Elementary School Hosts ArtSmart Visiting Artist Bonnie Gable
Wednesday, January 27 and Thursday, January 28 

Magnolia Middle School PBIS Celebration
Thursday, January 28 

Poplar Springs Elementary School Reading Is Fundamental Program for Second Graders
Friday, January 29 

Northwest Middle School PBIS Student vs. Teachers Basketball Game
Friday, January 29 

Poplar Springs Elementary School PBIS Celebration
Friday, January 29 

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School PBIS Dance
Friday, January 29 

T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School PBIS Celebration
Friday, January 29 

MPSD in the News… 

The Woman Behind the Milken Award


Ms. Burrage’s “On the Record” Interview


MHS Boys Defeat Oak Grove on the Road


17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration


Meridian Boys Roll Past Brandon to Remain Unbeaten in Area


Rhonda Burrage's Milken Award


Meridian Star -

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Clarion Ledger -


MPSD Students Tops in MCC MLK Essay Contest


Together We Rise – MCC’s MLK Program


MCC Observes MLK Day


MHS Soccer Standout Kaylee Zettler Sets Single Season Record


MPSD Race for the Future this Saturday


Meridian to Host Race for the Future 5K Run Saturday


Boys Basketball Super Rankings – Meridian is #1


U.S. Attorney Visits MHS!US-Attorney-visits-MHS/cvkt/568fd1280cf291395320d46c

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